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The Benefits of Night Guards for Teeth Grinding

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We here at Marks Dentistry pride ourselves on being dental health experts who take care of all of your dental needs here in Etobicoke. That includes informing you on dental-related education… such as the benefits of night guards for teeth grinding!

In today’s blog we will be detailing the ins and outs of teeth grinding (one of our most frequently-addressed dental concerns), why and how we recommend night guards to mitigate its impact on your teeth, and what you can do long-term to keep your smile in check.

Firstly, What Causes Teeth Grinding and Why is it a Dental Concern?

Teeth grinding (also referred to as “bruxism”) is defined as when, “a person holds their teeth together and clenches the muscles, but without moving the teeth back and forth.” This can occur during the day, during the night (most often when asleep), or both. In fact, teeth grinding is one of the most common sleep disorders.

Common dental and non-dental side effects of chronic teeth grinding include:

  • Wearing down the teeth
  • Blunting, fracturing, and/or loosening of the teeth
  • Jaw pain and/or stiffness
  • Sore gums
  • Clicking or popping the jaw joints
  • Headaches and/or migraines
  • Earaches
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle spasms

Teeth grinding can begin at any age. The most common causes are stress, an abnormal bite, facial spasms, having missing or misaligned teeth, certain medications, and neurological conditions like Huntington’s disease.

The Benefits of Night Guards for Teeth Grinding

The benefits of night guards for teeth grinding are myriad. They provide a cushion between the top and bottom teeth that protects against teeth clenching and mitigates all of the common side effects associated with it.

For the best long-term results, we highly recommend customized night guards from your dentists. These night guards are high-quality, long-lasting, and, of course, custom-made to fit your teeth and mitigate the side effects that are causing you the most concern.

Here at Marks Dentistry, we offer bruxism assessment and customized night guards as part of our family dentistry offerings. Our team of dental experts analyze the situation to determine if night guards are the right solution for you and, if they are, will work with you to provide 100%-tailored night guards to mitigate your teeth grinding problems.

Other family dentistry-related services that we offer here in Etobicoke are:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Tooth extractions
  • Dental implants
  • Sedation
  • Panoramic imaging
  • Digital radiographs
  • Checkups
  • Cleanings

We offer direct billing, flexible payment options, and accept e-transfers and all major credit cards to make payments easier. If you are ever concerned about cost, let us know and we’ll set up a flexible payment plan so that your dental needs are never compromised!

Book Your First (Or Next) Appointment Today to Resolve Your Teeth Grinding

Book your first (or next) appointment here at Marks Dentistry today to learn first-hand the benefits of night guards for teeth grinding.

Our family dentist is a trusted and respected member of the Etobicoke community and has many years of experience taking care of patients going through every stage of life: as such, know that your dental concerns are in good hands!

Have any further questions regarding bruxism, night guards, or any other related dental concern? Reach out to talk to our skilled dental team!

Written by Dr. Jonah Marks

Dr. Jonah Marks received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Schulich School of Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. During his time at Schulich, Dr. Marks volunteered at Schulich’s Dental Outreach Community Services, providing pro bono dental treatment to underprivileged patients in London, Ontario. He currently provides pro bono work for LAMP Community Health Care Centre and the Alpha Omega Dental Volunteer Program. In addition, Dr. Marks travelled to Nicaragua where he provided dental care in underserved communities.

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